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Ideas, Institutions, and Trade: The WTO and the Curious Role of EU Farm Policy in Trade Liberalization

Carsten Daugbjerg and Alan Swinbank


Agriculture has a small, and declining, importance in employment and income generation within the EU, but a political importance well beyond its economic impact. The EU's common agricultural policy (CAP) has often been the source of conflict between the EU and its trade partners within first the GATT, and then the WTO. In the Doha Round agriculture was again a sticking point, resulting in setbacks and delays. The position of the EU is pivotal. Due to the comparatively limited competitiveness of the EU's agricultural sector, and the EU's institutionally constrained ability to undertake CAP refo ... More

Keywords: ideas, agriculture, trade, GATT, World Trade Organization, common agricultural policy (CAP), European Union, Uruguay Round, Doha Round

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199557752
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557752.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carsten Daugbjerg, author
Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, Denmark
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Alan Swinbank, author
Emeritus Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Reading, UK